Category: Jazz

Jazz News: Marcus Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Jacob Collier, John Scofield & More


Jazz fans won’t want to miss these upcoming shows at SPACE, including legendary bassist Marcus Miller, British phenom Jacob Collier and genre-defying guitarist John Scofield.

Tomorrow night, world-renowned electric bassist and two-time Grammy-winner Marcus Miller returns to the club. As a producer, writer and player, Miller was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, composing the title track and co-producing the album Tutu.

With a unique artistic vision driven by spontaneity and what some would call musical telepathy, Wertico Cain & Gray cultivate a distinct creative energy as they explore new worlds of sound-making. Led by Grammy-winning drummer Paul Wertico, the trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech. The trio will take the stage at SPACE this Thursday, Aug. 11.

London-based musician Jacob Collier is recognized as an inventive and prodigious young talent. Just 22 years old, Collier gained recognition through his YouTube channel, displaying his uniquely creative one-man, multi-instrumentalist, multi-visual format to the world. His newly-released debut album, In My Room, and his live performances over the past year have earned him The Guardian’s praise as “jazz music’s new messiah.” Collier takes the stage at SPACE on Sept. 21.

Saxophonist Colin Stetson “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, unexpected energies,” writes Pitchfork. “It’s like being inside an enormous brass tunnel full of windy byways and slamming valves, at once exhilarating and frightening.” Stetson has performed and recorded with a number of impressive acts over the years, including Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Feist. Stetson’s widely acclamied solo albums are fraught with intensity and originality, establishing him as a wonderfully unique composer and performer. Stetson will perform at SPACE on Sept. 28.

Arturo Sandoval is revered as a legendary jazz trumpeter, composer and dynamic and vivacious live performer. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz to Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Sandoval will be here for two shows with his stellar band on Sept. 29.

John Scofield‘s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late ’70s through today. Possessing a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. In the early to mid-1980s, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis, bringing his abilities as a jazz player and performer to the foreground of jazz consciousness. Scofield is coming to SPACE in support of his new album, Country For Old Men, on Oct. 5.

Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa‘s talent and versatality have shown him success in the worlds of classical, jazz and popular music. He has performed as a soloist at Cuba’s most important theaters, as well as with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. López-Nussa will take the stage at SPACE on Oct. 19.

Posted August 8th, 2016

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Upcoming Jazz Shows: Larry Coryell, Brian Blade, Cecile McLorin Salvant, John Pizzarelli


SPACE’s listening room is the perfect place to catch a jazz concert this summer. Here’s a look at some of our upcoming shows. Get tickets at

Bassist John Patitucci brings his Electric Guitar Quartet (featuring guitarists Steve Cardenas and Adam Rogers along with drummer-multi-instrumentalist Brian Blade) to Evanston tonight to celebrate the release of his new album, Brooklyn. Check out the premiere of “Do You” via Chicago Reader.

New Orleans-born, New York-based pianist Henry Butler collaborated with trumpeter Steven Bernstein on last year’s Viper’s Drag album for the revived Impulse label. The album explored 1930s jazz tunes from Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller, which Butler imbued with his own unique style. Catch a solo performance from Butler at SPACE on May 28.

New York City’s The Rad Trads bring their soulful American music — with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock ’n’ roll — to the club on May 31. Don’t miss an eclectic night of high-energy jazz and beyond.

Jazz-rock pioneer Larry Coryell brings his Power Trio to the club on June 7, featuring drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Larry Gray, with an opening set by Chicago keyboardist Fred Simon.

Another virtuoso guitarist, Oz Noy, will make his debut at SPACE on June 9. Noy’s trio will feature drummer Jeff Sipe and bassist James Genus.

Jazz fans know Brian Blade as a longtime member of Wayne Shorter’s quartet and as the leader of his own Fellowship band. But the Shreveport, La.-native has had a varied career, playing on Bob Dylan’s Time Out Of Mind as well as Joni Mitchell records. His Mama Rosa project — which he will bring to SPACE on June 16 — is his first recording as a singer, guitarist and songwriter.

One of the brightest new stars of the jazz world today, Cecile McLorin Salvant, returns to SPACE on June 21. Salvant topped the DownBeat Critics Poll last year in four categories, including Jazz Album of the Year for her U.S. debut, WomanChild (Mack Avenue).

One of our favorite trumpeters, Kermit Ruffins, will be back at SPACE for two shows on July 10 to celebrate his new CD, I’m So New Orleans. Check out the title track here.

World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli brings his quartet to the club on July 11. You can also tune in to the Pizz’s weekly radio show, Radio Deluxe, on WDCB 90.9 FM on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.

Posted May 19th, 2015

Categories Jazz

Don’t Miss These Jazz Shows at SPACE: Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Terence Blanchard, Cecile McLorin Salvant & more this Spring!

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SPACE’s listening room is the perfect place to see a jazz concert this spring. We’re bringing world-famous jazz names like Billy Cobham and Marcus Miller as well as some of the biggest stars of jazz today like Terence Blanchard and John Patitucci.

Award-winning bassist Charnett Moffett brings his Nettwork Trio, featuring guitarist Stanley Jordan, to SPACE on March 1. For this special show, the trio will feature Chicago drummer Dana Hall for a one-of-a-kind performance. Get tickets here

On March 10, emerging jazz guitarist Nir Felder returns to SPACE to play The Studios. Felder has been called the “next big jazz guitarist” by NPR. Don’t miss this limited-seating show in our intimate studio space. Get tickets here

Jazz fans also won’t want to miss legendary bassist-composer Marcus Miller, who collaborated throughout the 1980s with Miles Davis and famously wrote and arranged many of the songs on 1986’s Tutu. Miller has led his own projects and collaborated with a range of artists from Dizzy Gillespie to Luther Vandross. This show featuring the bassist and his band is sure to be spring calendar highlight. Get tickets here

Perennial SPACE favorite Allen Toussaint returns for his full-band debut at the club. Toussaint’s mix of New Orleans rhythm & blues and jazz never disappoints. What a great way to kick off the spring! Get tickets here

On April 9, Chicago organist Chris Foreman will hold down a stellar local jazz bill at SPACE, featuring tenor saxophonist and Delmark recording artist Ari BrownGet tickets here

Guitar whiz Charlie Hunter returns to SPACE on April 17, this time featuring his trio formation with New York drummer Bobby Previte and super-funky New Orleans trombonist Carly MeyersGet tickets here

SPACE is very excited to have drummer Billy Cobham back at SPACE on April 19. Cobham, another Miles Davis alum whose legendary playing helped define jazz in the 1970s and beyond, will lead his Spectrum 40 band featuring guitarist Dean Brown, multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband and bassist Ric FierabracciGet tickets here

On May 6, famed New Orleans trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard will feature his E-Collective (pianist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Donald Ramsey and drummer Oscar Seaton) in a special show at SPACE. Get tickets here

Bassist John Patitucci brings his Electric Guitar Quartet to Evanston on May 19. Patitucci, an active member of Wayne Shorter’s award-winning quartet, will feature guitarists Steve Cardenas and Adam Rogers along with drummer-multi-instrumentalist Brian Blade (also a member of Shorter’s quartet). Get tickets here

And, this summer, one of the brightest new stars of the jazz world today, Cecile McLorin Salvant returns to SPACE on June 21. Stay tuned for more info on that show.

Posted February 22nd, 2015

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SPACE Recognized by DownBeat Magazine as one of “World’s Best Jazz Venues”

We are excited to announce that in the upcoming month of February, SPACE will be honored as one of DownBeat Magazine’s Top Jazz Venues in the world. That’s right. The WORLD. Downbeat Magazine started right here in Chicago during 1934, and since then has been one of the premier voices regarding all things jazz and blues. Needless to say, everyone here at SPACE is humbled by Downbeat’s kind words and recognition.

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2013 featured some outstanding jazz performances at SPACE (including the likes of Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, Wil Blades, Billy Cobham and many more), and we will start our 2014 jazz series with a bang on Jan. 3rd, featuring a performance by the great jazz guitarist, Larry Corryell featuring Paul Wertico and Larry Gray.

We invite you to enjoy your next jazz show with us at SPACE. As a city with a rich musical culture, Chicago has historically made a great home for jazz and the blues. We take great pleasure in being a part of that story by continuing to showcase the jazz and blues of local natives and national favorites, year in and year out. As we enter the new year, keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for some great jazz at SPACE, which will include Henry Butler, Terence Blanchard, Maceo Parker, Stanley Clarke, and Cecile McLorin Salvant. We look forward to helping make 2014 another great year for live jazz in Chicago, alongside these all-star musicians and our many, wonderful friends!


Posted January 3rd, 2014

Categories Awards, Jazz